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October 23, 2012

Driver charged in fatal wreck

MOULTRIE — A Moultrie man was charged Monday in connection with a wreck that killed his mother.

William Andrew Shi, 24, of 1706 Fourth St., was charged with driving under the influence and DUI-endangerment of a child under the age of 14 a day and a half after the one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 319 near Woodmen Road.

Shi was driving the extended cab Ford pickup truck Saturday night when it ran off the road, bounced through one yard and into another before striking two pine trees and rolling into a post supporting a porch, according to a Georgia State Patrol report.

Shi and his 19-year-old brother, Johnathan Shi, were both hurt. Their mother, Cindy Maria Giles, 43, of Norman Park, was thrown from the truck and died. A 3-year-old, Giles’ granddaughter, was strapped into a car seat in the back seat and was apparently unhurt.

Giles’s sons told law enforcement their mother was upset over a recently ended relationship and had been drinking. They said she wanted to walk home, and when William Shi wouldn’t stop to let her out, she grabbed the steering wheel and jerked it to the right. William Shi pulled it back to the left, and the truck left the roadway and eventually struck the trees.

Both of the Shis were treated and released from Colquitt Regional Medical Center after the wreck, but Jonathan Shi may have been taken to Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville on Sunday morning.

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